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Egyptian Chapter #12

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 Egyptian Chapter #12

Judith Foosaner
Mixed media

University Hall, First Floor

In the words of the artist, All my work derives from the ancients.  Past is present.  From early on, the visual beauty of calligraphy and hieroglyphics cast me under their spell. When I began Egyptian Chapter #12, I began without a purpose.  I just began.  The space was there and then the shapes went on as quickly, as electrically as I could.  Memory visited. Dreams and demons came to call.  There were more shapes, then more.  The layering became dense, impenetrable, its rhythms hidden and inaccessible.  No image. No accord. I watched the piece, searched the thicket, found a place to enter. Thus far, the work had all been additive, shapes on top of shapes, an accumulated history without clarity or revelation.  And then the process altered.  Subtraction began.  I painted, papered, painted.   Light entered, conjunction occurred, transitions emerged and disappeared.  I found the pulse, set the pace, stretched and pared it down.  Whatever surfaced was subject to revision and all of it altered according to time. This dialogue continued for days and weeks until the piece dissolved or something like identity: alone and yet connected. Whatever is the meaning, the constant is change.

Born in Sacramento, California in Judith Foosaner received her BA and MA from the University of California at Berkeley. After completing her education Foosaner remained in the Bay Area, where she continued to paint and began teaching. Foosaner’s teaching career centered around the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, UC Berkeley, Wimbledon School of Art in London, and the University of California at Davis.

Foosaner has been awarded prestigious fellowships including the Yaddo Fellowship in Saratoga Springs New York, and the Fellowship for Artist in Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar. 

She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and her work is included in the collections of the Crocker Art Museum Sacramento CA, Oakland Museum CA, San Diego Fine Art Museum CA, Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford University CA, University of California Berkeley Art Museum Berkeley, CA, McNay Museum San Antonio, Texas, Shanghai Music Conservatory Shanghai, China, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HI, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock Arkansas, The Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, NY, Newport Harbor Art Museum , Orange County, CA,  Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque NM.